The questions are a compilation of things he has been asked over time.
What [do] you like most about being a blogger?
I didn’t start off being a blogger on purpose. My blogging started as an effort in maintaining an online diary. And I still see it like that. A sort of “history book” about me, by me, and for me. If anyone else happens to find me and enjoy the ride, I’m all for it. And that’s probably what I like most: meeting people that I would have never met in other circumstances.
How many bloggers have you met?
I probably have to qualify this as “bloggers whom I didn’t know until I started reading their blog then met them in person”, as there are several people who I’ve met that I encouraged to start blogging, or found out they were bloggers long after the fact of us meeting. *whew*
I’m going to have to say 19 according to my blogroll. Not all of them are blogging these days, but they still count. Right?
Do you ever go back and read your old entries?
Yes. It’s my diary… of sorts. Enough so that I wrote a plugin that would show me what I wrote on this same date in previous years (which is over in the sidebar there on my blog, or in the footer of my rss feed). I have a poor memory, so it helps me to look back and see where I was. Or how I was. Or what I was.
I have thought about posting more of what I do here, but I really don’t have an interest in it. Mostly because there’s more to me than just that aspect of my life.
Have you changed your views about anything thanks to blogging?
Probably. But I’m really undecided about that. And those views that I’ve questioned are probably the same posts that are still drafts that I haven’t published.
Do your coworkers know about your blog?
Somewhat. I think. It’s been mentioned, and I know they see it up on the computer on occasion at the studio.
I know when I worked for the OGRE in the way back, it seemed everyone was aware of my blog. Even HR and Security.
What advice would you give for successful blogging?
As soon as I know what it means to be “successful blogging”, I’ll let you know. Most of the time I feel like I just post “rubbish”, as Spo would say. Not that Spo would say I post rubbish, but that’s what I feel about a lot of what I post. But it’s what runs through my mind.
What is your opinion of aardvarks?
I am unaware that I have one. Either an aardvark or an opinion of them.
Do you publish everything you write?
No. I currently have 34 posts in “draft” status, and 24 “private” posts that probably won’t be made public.
If you could make “three rules” for blogging, what would they be?
1) If a blogger is going to discontinue their blog, don’t delete it! Keep the blog up and archive it. I can’t tell you how many bloggers I know with well written and meaningful posts have deleted their blogs. There have been many I have linked to in the course of my blogging that are just gone now.
2) I don’t know if this would be a continuation of #1, but I think upon the death of a blogger, their blog should go to some sort of great archive where it can still be referenced and looked back upon by those who want to. Somewhat like a memorial of sorts. Can you imagine how different libraries would be if all the books created were destroyed once their author died? I see online blogs as a book in a similar sense. Sometimes you don’t find out about someone until they’ve died, but getting to read their posts lets you get to know them somewhat.
3) Be yourself.
Do people help you write your blog?
Not directly. But a lot of fodder is gleaned from watching others.
There are bloggers who I have a weird “separated at birth” connection with, like JP of Life Is Such A Sweet Insanity.
There are bloggers who maintain a diary like I do of just their everyday life through both words and photographs, like Homer of Homer’s World.
Final question (if you dare!):
Have you slept with any of your fellow bloggers?
Well, we didn’t “sleep”…
Until next time...